Welcome to Isle of May Boat Trips a thrilling fast boat excursion to and around the Isle Of May at the mouth of the Firth of Forth to view stunning scenery, seals, seabirds (including the puffins) and dolphins if we are lucky.
We offer exceptional wildlife and nature boat tours aiming to give the best experience possible for our trips to the Isle of May, round the island or simply a fun trip up the coast. Our trips are enjoyed by people of all ages from children to our more experienced customers.
The Isle of May is an absolute treasure and owned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). It is open for visitors from start of April till end of September. SNH have rangers who live on the island during this time whose aim is to make your visit more enjoyable and informative. They will greet you on the pier when you arrive, give a short talk including the latest goings on with the wildlife and patrol the island during your visit.
The island is home to an incredible array of wildlife, with up to 250,000 seabirds including 45,000 breeding pairs of puffins (The best time for Puffins is from April to mid-August). Big colonies of Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags crowd the spectacular see cliffs. The island is also home to over 200 grey seals and is a feeding area for gannets. Porpoise, Dolphin and the odd whale can also be seen; you just have to be lucky.
The Isle of May is steeped in history with the remains of a 6th & 12 century monasteries and 3 light houses including the oldest in Scotland.
Our trips are perfect for viewing/photographing the wildlife or just walking about and having a picnic. We are very flexible and adjust the tours to your needs to enhance your enjoyment and seek to ensure that you do not miss that perfect photograph. It should be noted that the May is a rugged island and some of the paths are steep and a good set of walking shoes are recommended.
Our boats are purpose built Rigid Hulled Inflatables or RHIBs built by Humber world renown for their strength of construction and sea keeping ability. They are very safe, very stable and perfect for your trip. They are fitted with the much demanded bench seats for your comfort and full waterproofs are supplied if needed. Crossing time from Anstruther to environs of Isle of May is typically 20 -25 minutes at a comfortable cruising speed. Our skippers Roy and Alex both have masters certificates and many years’ experience on the Firth of Forth.
Osprey and Osprey 2 are officially licensed both by the Marine Coastal Authority (MCA) and Fife Council. Osprey is also one of 3 boats licenced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to land 12 passengers on the Isle of May for a wonderful and exclusive experience. They carry a full complement of safety equipment including lifejackets, waterproofs etc. and are maintained to the highest standards.
Whilst primary focus is on running family friendly wildlife trips, our boats are also available for private charter for a more exclusive experience tailored to your needs. We are also available for a variety of commercial tasks for example safety boat work or photographic and filming work (over recent years we have worked with the BBC, ITV, and various research groups). Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
WE OFFER THREE TRIPS
TRIP 1: THE MAY EXPERIENCE our top recommended trip.
A fantastic trip to the Isle of May including a seaborne tour of the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife and amazing sea cliffs coupled with commentary from the skipper. Between 2.5 and 3 hrs to explore the island on foot and a fun trip back. Duration c. 4 – 4.5 hrs. Adult £29 Child £21
TRIP 2: A TASTE OF THE MAY
For those who do not have enough time to do the May Experience you do not have to miss out. A seaborne tour of the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife and amazing sea cliffs coupled with commentary from the skipper followed by a fun trip back. Duration c. 1 hr. Adult £25 Child £18
TRIP 3: COASTAL DASH
A short fun filled trip to along the picturesque East Neuk coastline viewing local harbours and historic buildings. Duration c. 30-40 min. Adult £18 Child £12
If you have a family, social or business group why not charter one of our boats for you exclusive use?
You can take one of our set trips or tailor the experience for yourselves. The worlds your oyster. For example, tides and weather permitting we can arrange for a trip to a great restaurant at a nearby harbour. Charters are also popular
To reserve a place prior to midnight before the day of sailing please use our on line booking system at www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk where sailing times can be found. At other times phone 07473631671 or enquire at the ticket office at the start of the lifeboat pier to your left.